Bill?s a man for all seasons

By TOBY WALKER

twalker@dailyexaminer.com.au

IT'S fair to say the Clarence Valley's SES local controller, William Manyweathers, fell into his career with the emergency response service.

On his first day of work at a clerical job in the front office of the Casino Council, his boss pointed to a phone near his desk and said 'see that red phone, that means you're in the SES now'. And from that point on it was up to Mr Manyweathers and the council's other staff members to co-ordinate the emergency response effort if a call happened to come through on that red phone.

It may have been a somewhat inauspicious beginning, but Mr Manyweathers went on to forge a decorated 40-year career with the SES, a career that saw him among the first to be awarded an honorary life membership in 1992.

Between 1988 and 1992 he undertook the massive role of co-ordinating SES volunteers in the Sydney Western division, an area that required him to liaise with 18 separate councils alone.

At the end of this month, Mr Manyweathers will finish his year-long tenure as the local controller of the Clarence Valley's 300-odd SES volunteers.

He said it was time for a break and planned to use the opportunity to see more of Australia with his wife Desma and their daughter Tanya.

Mr Manyweathers said he was proud to have played an integral role in creating a new structure for the Clarence Valley SES following council amalgamations, and believed it was now ready for a new controller to step in.

His administrative role aside, Mr Manyweathers said the most rewarding aspect of voluntary work with the SES had been the friendships he had formed in the organisation.

Clarence Valley Council will interview nominated candidates for the new role as the Valley's controller before passing their recommendation to the SES executive.

SES director General Philip McNamara will have the final say on the appointment.



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